Annual Session 2011 daily news wrap – Friday

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Friday kicked off with the grand opening of the Exhibit Hall. More than 60 exhibitors from all facets of the health care industry staffed booths, ready to reach out to the family physicians of Texas. From Texas Medical Liability Trust to e-MDs to PedsPal, each vendor had a unique appeal to medical practice.

The big opening event coincided with the breakfast, featuring the TAFP Foundation board members greeted attendees and spoke about the group’s important philanthropic work. The Foundation is also offering 15-minute chair massages in the Hall; attendees have one more day to take advantage this perk, with proceeds benefiting the Foundation.

Also in the hall were the research poster displays, which brought medical students, family medicine residents, and family physicians from across the state to show off their latest findings. The grand winner was resident Richel Avery, M.D., of UTHSCSA, “Residents’ Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors in Colon Cancer Prevention: Findings from a Residency Training Project.”

On the CME side, lectures were well attended and received great reviews. Of note was the lecture “Five Things I Wish I Knew Last Year” with top-rated speaker Dr. Louis Kuritzky (who one attendee said should give all of the lectures – he was that good), and the ethics lecture on the appropriate process to certify deaths.

Capping the evening was the reception to honor AAFP President and long-time family medicine leader Dr. Roland Goertz. Because of his involvement with the TAFP Foundation and his role as a champion for future family physicians, we created a medical student scholarship in his name. Not surprisingly, Dr. Goertz’s work on the state and national level has touched many people and, as a result, inspired them to contribute to the scholarship. As of the end of the reception, TAFP members and friends had contributed more than $30,000, reaching the full-funding level!

Thanks again for joining us and have a good night. We’ll be back early in the morning with more special events and great CME!

– kalfano

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